Infectious Pop. Soulful authenticity. Christian conviction.
Tastefully blend these ingredients with a flavorful combo of crafty songwriting and natural musicianship, and you’ll have a recipe for the sound of Morgann McClanahan.
A native of rural Virginia, McClanahan grew up exposed to a rich, eclectic musical mashup of backwoods church music and Top 40 icons like Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow. At the age of 10, she began to pick up a pen to create songs; 3 albums, a couple of GMA “Music In The Rockies” wins and countless writing sessions later, the result is an artist who sonically weaves organic and commercial sounds together in a way that is uniquely audible.
But that wasn’t always the case. “When I first moved to Nashville at 19, I felt this huge pressure to morph into who I thought other people wanted me to be, and it really messed with my head,” McClanahan shares. “Luckily, God used that period of my life to take me on a spiritual journey of learning how to be comfortable in my own skin. Because of my experience, it’s allowed me a platform to teach others about doing the same.”
Currently, McClanahan is recording her fourth studio album, teaming up with GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer/engineer, Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Jimmy Needham, Meredith Andrews). Every track on the project is written or co-written by McClanahan, and fuses her trademark hooky pop sensibilities with sprinkles of blue-eyed soul, acoustic, jazz, folk and R&B.
When she’s not touring, you can find McClanahan serving at her local church in Nashville or mentoring through KINDLE, a Christian music and leadership experience that inspires women to discover their talents, prepare for service and faithfully live out The Great Commission.
Whether singing, writing, or just spending time with people in her own community, McClanahan views herself as a medium. “Keith Green once said that he was just a pencil in the hands of God…that’s also how I want to live my life,” she says. “I look at it as an honor to help God write chapters of truth, love and hope in people’s stories. Knowing that I can just play a small part, no matter the situation, is the experience of a lifetime.”
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